This cost less than $100 to do,
and It made a Huge Difference!
[I'm not counting the flooring,
Because we are putting that throughout the main level]
I Primed the Mantle,
Using a High Hiding Primer-
I Use that on EVERYTHING,
So, its just what I had on hand.
Then I Used Kettle Black by Valspar in Satin finish,
I believe I did Two Coats.
Then I Sanded the Edges,
and Where I wanted More
Then use Mortar and Stick those Bricks On,
Fill in Cracks,
Pray Nothing Falls Off.